University of Ottawa attacked for making students come to school in the snow
University of Ottawa students looking forward to a snow day were sadly disappointed this morning.
On Wednesday, the university informed students that "campus operations, courses and regular activities continue to be held as scheduled."
They advised students to contact their professors if they found themselves in "exceptional" circumstances.
Campus operations, courses and regular activities continue to be held as scheduled. We encourage our community to exercise caution tonight into Thursday. If you are experiencing an exceptional situation, please contact your professors, academic unit or manager. (2/2)— uOttawa (@uOttawa) February 26, 2020
Ottawa is currently expected to get 20 cm of snowfall, with westerly winds gusting to 50 km/hr around noon. Overnight, temperatures will plunge to -20 C with the windchill.
Mayor Jim Watson even warned all Ottawa residents to work from home on Thursday, saying that it "will help our crews with cleanup, as well as keep our streets safe."
As Ottawa prepares for the biggest snowstorm this year, I encourage all residents who are able to do so to work from home tomorrow, and for their employers to facilitate these arrangements. This will help our crews with cleanup, as well as keep our streets safe. Stay warm!— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 26, 2020
Naturally, University of Ottawa students weren't too happy about classes going ahead.
One student pointed out that the conditions could be dangerous.
If we actually get 40 cms the LRT will be broken tomorrow, I am willing to bet money on it. That means extra accordion buses jack-knifed on roads and sliding through intersections. But sure, business as usual! The lack of care for students' safety is disappointing. #uOttawa— og (@UnrulyMammoth) February 27, 2020
Another student was disappointed by the university's disregard for student welfare.
y’all really be exposing yourselves for not caring about student welfare by saying you plan to have school run in 45 cm of snow.... this ain’t a cute look for y’all. but neither was the 4 suicides in 2019. yikes.— 🌙 (@CmMacisaac) February 27, 2020
This person was tearing up their acceptance offer.
Bruh, is this how you treat students?— Allen Anderson (@Aa2Anderson) February 27, 2020
I received an offer to go here next year... but screw that
And this person basically summed up how every student was feeling in a single Tweet.
Jim Watson: everyone and I should try working from home tomorrow.— BipSkayless (@willywanker2020) February 27, 2020
UOttawa: lol no
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